A surge in COVID-19 cases in Moscow has forced the cancellation of both ATP and WTA indoor events scheduled to take place in Russia during the month of October.
The 2020 VTB Kremlin Cup was a WTA premier event that was scheduled for Oct. 26-Nov. 1, while the lower-tier ATP 250 event was scheduled from Oct. 19-25.
The cancellation was mandated by the Moscow City Administration.
"The WTA continues to monitor the situation closely and work with medical experts, as protecting the health and safety of our WTA community is of utmost importance," the WTA said in a statement. "The Tour continues to remain vigilant in managing this challenging situation and playing as much tennis as it is safe to do so."
Russia's Andrey Rublev won the 2019 ATP event, while Switzerland's Belinda Benic is the WTA defending champion.
There are no changes, as of yet, for the St. Petersburg Open, an ATP 500 event scheduled to take place Oct. 12-18 at St. Petersburg, Russia. The indoor tournament has $1.4 million up for grabs.
The ATP does have two other events that were scheduled at the same time as the Kremlin Cup: the European Open at Antwerp, Belgium, and the bett1HULKS Championship at Cologne, Germany. Both are indoor hard-court events.
Following the French Open, which starts later this month at Paris, the WTA has just four more events remaining in 2020.
The JT Banka Ostrava Open is scheduled for Oct. 19-25 at Ostrava, Czech Republic, while the Open BLS De Limoges is scheduled for Dec. 14-20 at Limoges, France. The Upper Austria Ladies Linz in Linz, Austria, and the Hana Bank Korea Open at Seoul, Korea, are waiting for a reschedule date.
--Field Level Media